Alatus | fjmtstudio

Alatus | fjmtstudio | Photographer: John Gollings

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Alatus | fjmtstudio

Traditional Land Owners
Bunurong
Year
2023
Chapter

Victoria

Category
Educational Architecture
Builder
2Construct
Photographer
John Gollings
Project summary

Alatus, a new innovation and learning centre provides contemporary pedagogy spaces within a sustainable and adaptable environment. The proposed building is constructed primarily of exposed concrete and timber with intricate timber facade and shading elements.

The building draws reference from the site and captures the identity of the campus. It is designed to generate an environment that pursues the notion of learning and creates a sense of cohesion and identity. A state of the art 162 seat presentation space, a double-height gallery, 9 flexible learning commons and multiple maker spaces form this new iconic building. The integration as a technology hub for robotics, coding, creativity and research, is a natural progression for a school that strives for academic excellence.

The two-level timber building sensitively responds to its context and creates strong links to the senior student centre and middle school teaching and commons buildings.

Victorian Jury Presentation

The building benefits the way teachers work through its flexibility and adaptability. It combines the old with the new, a classroom exists in one corner, and an open learning core in the other. We can have four teachers teaching in one space or one. The building creates a powerful immersive experience for student and for teacher, inspiring innovation and shifting the industrial age of education into the contemporary one. It is a space that demands teacher and student understand how to think, deeply and differently.

Project Practice Team

Bradley Kerr, Team Member
Christine Savage, Team Member
David Moody, Team Member
Geoff Croker, Team Member
Kirstin Griese, Team Member
Richard Francis-Jones, Design Director

Project Consultant and Construction Team

A.E.N. Advisory and Design Services Pty Ltd, Client Project Manager
Architecture & Access, Access
fjmtlandscape, Landscape Consultant
Hive Engineering, Structural Engineer
Norman Disney & Young, AV Consultant
Philip Chun, Building Surveyor
Rider Levett Bucknall, Quantity Surveyor
SKOTT Consulting, ESD Consultant
WRAP Engineering Pty Ltd, Services Consultant

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